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Saturday, November 03, 2007

"What a Shocking World This Is for Scandal"

This song was written by Thomas Hudson in 1818 and Bob and I are recording it on our new cd, "We Did It! Songs of people behaving badly." I think it's as true today as it was in 1818...

What a Shocking World This Is for Scandal

What a shocking world this is for scandal
The people get worse ev'ry day, when ev'rything serves for a handle
To take folks' good names away.
In backbiting vile each so labors
The sad faults of others to show body
I could tell such a tale if I liked
But I never says nothing to nobody, fallerollolliday.

The butcher, so greasy and fat,
When out, he does nothing but boast
He struts as he cocks on his hat
As if he supreme ruled the roast
Of his wealth and his riches he'll prate
Determined to seem such a fine body
He's been pulled up three times for short weight
But I never says nothing to nobody, fallerollolliday.

Tis a snug little house I reside in
And the people who're living next door
Are smothered completely such pride in
As I never have met with before
But outside their door they don't roam
A large sum of money they owe body
When folks call they can't find them at home
But I never says nothing to nobody, fallerollolliday.

The publican, thriving in trade
With sorrow is now looking down
His sweet little pretty barmaid
Has a little one just brought to town
He's not to be seen much about
His wife is a deuce of a shrew body
The gossips are on the lookout
But I never says nothing to nobody, fallerollolliday.

The new married couple, so happy,
Seem quite the quintessence of love
He calls her, before every chappy,
"My darling," "My Duck," and "My Dove."
In private there's nothing but strife
Quarrelling, fighting o'erflow body
In short, quite a cat and dog life
But I never says nothing to nobody, fallerollolliday.

I could tell if I liked such a tale
Of neighbors all round, great and small
That surely, I think, without fail,
Would really astonish you all.
But here now my short ditty ends
As I don't want to hurt high or low body
I wish to stay in with my friends
So I never says nothing to nobody, fallerollolliday.

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